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Don't tell Madonna: the cape is making a comeback
MILAN (AP) -- The cape is making a comeback in Milan this season - even though Madonna may have something to say about that.... 2/27/2015 9:13 PM

Greek prime minister rules out third bailout
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday.... 2/27/2015 9:11 PM

Argentina prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera dies at 81
BUENOS AIRES (AP) -- Julio Cesar Strassera, the prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's dictatorship and coined the term "Nunca mas," or "Never again," to describe the repressive period, has died at age 81.... 2/27/2015 8:41 PM

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.... 2/27/2015 8:39 PM

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.... 2/27/2015 8:38 PM

Mexico to replace embattled attorney general
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's embattled attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.... 2/27/2015 8:36 PM

Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.... 2/27/2015 8:34 PM

Brazil homicide division to investigate summary executions
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The homicide division of the Rio de Janeiro Police Department will start investigating summary executions of suspects committed by officers in Brazil's second largest city.... 2/27/2015 8:17 PM

Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London lad shocks Britain
LONDON (AP) -- The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a London lad who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.... 2/27/2015 7:56 PM

Mexico official: Police capture top capo 'La Tuta' Gomez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials.... 2/27/2015 7:53 PM

30 arrested after Maldives opposition protest
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- Police in the Maldives on Friday arrested 30 people as thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the capital calling on President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to resign and demanding the release of a former president in police detention.... 2/27/2015 7:11 PM

Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.... 2/27/2015 7:03 PM

Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs
PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) -- In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the snow.... 2/27/2015 7:00 PM

Venezuelan protest deadly force order after young boy killed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Students and opposition leaders are pressuring Venezuela to roll back a new regulation authorizing police to fire on protesters following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of a police officer.... 2/27/2015 6:45 PM

Iraqi-born cleric faces custody for praising Paris attack
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- An Iraqi-born cleric recently released from prison in Norway was jailed Friday for four weeks after praising the slaying of cartoonists at the satirical Charlie Hebdo paper in Paris that had lampooned Islam and other religions.... 2/27/2015 6:45 PM

UN says limit use of personal audio players to 1 hour a day
BERLIN (AP) -- People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day and turn down the volume to prevent permanent hearing loss, the World Health Organization said Friday.... 2/27/2015 6:36 PM

Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a "refugee camp."... 2/27/2015 6:19 PM

Experts blame anti-vaccine lobby for Bosnia measles outbreak
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Medical experts warned Friday the anti-vaccination lobby is growing in Bosnia, using scientifically discredited arguments to stoke parental fears in the worst-affected country in Europe's measles outbreak.... 2/27/2015 6:16 PM

Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons
NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) -- The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.... 2/27/2015 6:15 PM

Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.... 2/27/2015 6:12 PM



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